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Enjoy Serenity in this Scandinavian Cabin Surrounded by Nature

Enjoy Serenity in this Scandinavian Cabin Surrounded by Nature

A peaceful and relaxing retreat by the lake

Written by – Team
on June 12th 2017
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Nordic House


Julien Perron-Gagné

With its wooden beams and surrounding pine trees, you could be forgiven for thinking this photo of a timber cabin house was snapped somewhere in Scandinavia. But actually this house rests in the picturesque wetlands of Saint-Donat in Quebec, Canada!


The family who live here really enjoy cycling, hiking and swimming. So it was with great glee they found an abandoned cottage near this lake spot, with a for sale sign put up. They sold their home in the city and moved out into this Scandinavian cabin to enjoy the peacefulness of nature.

Exterior and outdoor view of a Scandinavian cabin surrounded by pine trees |

This cottage is on the shores of Lake Archambault, north of Montreal. As the house was already built on wetlands, it made it difficult to build further, and they could not extend beyond the existing perimeter. According to the designers at Clairoux, this was one of the most interesting challenges of the design.

“It’s always a challenge to start with boundaries. The existing house was built in a wetland north of the lake and, if it was built today, the construction wouldn’t be possible. But the city allowed us to work, only on the existing perimeter,” said Frédric Clairoux, the principal interior designer on this project.

So the renovation moved upwards instead, transforming it from cottage to a residence big enough for a large family. Overall, the feel of the area is one of relaxation and tranquility, so it was also to be a restful place for contemplating nature.

Scandinavian cabin with large window and lake view |

The fabulously large deck provides just the right spot for that rest and relaxation, don’t you think? This south-facing Scandinavian cabin enjoys plenty of private beach area along the lake.


Green glass mimics the firs on the surrounding land, while the soft colors used for the building’s timber create a light and airy atmosphere.

Northern White Cedar cabinets with green glass and an oven in the kitchen area of Scandinavian cabin |

The wood used is a Northern White Cedar, with a silvery hue and blonde coloring. The designers used the wood throughout the home to give an overall impression of harmony and continuity.

Northern White Cedar cabinets with green glass in kitchen area, connecting to the dining room and upper balcony of a Scandinavian cabin |

The large open kitchen area connects some of the important areas of the house; the gorgeous terrace, the dining room and living room. It even extends right to the height of the ceiling where the upper floor balcony looks over the area.


The designers implemented laminate countertops to give the space a chic look, rather than opting for heavier materials like marble. As a result, it gives a freshness and lightness to the room. They also positioned the sinks and kitchen range to look out over the view.

Living room of a Scandinavian cabin with sleek design, featuring dark round sofa, fireplace, television and fixed cabinets |

Minimal finishes give the house an edgy living room, that can work with old and new decor as the house grows up.

Open space area of Scandinavian cabin connecting living room and dining room, with hanging lampshades over a wooden dining table |

Mealtimes are an important part of the family’s downtime, so you can see there is plenty of room for everyone to gather round. The family recycled the lampshades that hang above the dining room table from their old house. In doing so, they brought a part of their former life to this new space.

Hanging lampshades above wooden dining table and chairs in a Scandinavian cabin |
Bathroom of a Scandinavian cabin with marble sink and frosted glass door |
Firewood storage area with large black cabinet, windows and wooden accents in a Scandinavian cabin |
Hooks glued by UV light on a simple mirror for practical everyday use in the hallway of a Scandinavian cabin |

These hooks hang by the doorway. The designer explains, “our decorator, Patrick Robichaud is very handy! We bought simple hooks and we glued them with UV light on a simple mirror fixed to the entrance wall. It’s a cute feature and practical for day to day use. We also added those hooks near the bathroom for the bathrobes and the spa outside.”

Hallway of a Scandinavian cabin with wooden bench , hooks on mirror and glass entrance door |

It’s a gorgeous project, and one that’s not entirely finished yet! While the home owners love their new space, they want to develop the attic room next to turn it into a dorm room for the grandchildren and visitors. Until then, this Scandinavian cabin is certainly a place for relaxation and restfulness, a lovely spot by the lake.


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